Venue, Travel, Logistics
Update on conference bus transfer from/to Munich Airport:
Transfer on 30 October
We have hired a bus to take participants from Munich Airport to Castle Ringberg on Sunday, 28 October, leaving at 03.00 PM. The meeting point for participants who would like to take the bus is at Airbraeu at 2.45pm.
LOC members will wait for you there and show you the way to the bus. They will be carrying signs indicating the Max Planck Institute so that you can easily identify them.
If you have some extra time before the bus leaves, there is a large shopping center, many restaurants, ATM machines, showers, etc. available at the airport. You can check the airport webpage for more information:
For participants arriving later, it will be necessary to take the train and/or taxi to Ringberg. We have a special rate with a taxi company in the vicinity of Schloss Ringberg of EUR 145.00 per car (which can take up to 4 people) from Munich Airport to Ringberg. Please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order one of these taxis.
Transfer on November 05
The bus will return participants to Munich Airport on Saturday, 05 November, leaving after breakfast at 08h45, and arriving at the airport about 1.5 hours later, depending on traffic.
There will also be a smaller transport leaving Ringberg very early Saturday morning for those with flights departing before noon. We will update you with exact times at the meeting.
The venue for the workshop is Schloss Ringberg (Ringberg Castle), a turn of the century castle located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, and overlooking the Tegernsee. Located about 70 km south of Munich, the Tegernsee is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and small resort villages. The peaceful location, meeting schedule, and attendance limit of 65 set by the capacity of the venue are all conducive to an informal workshop atmosphere offering many opportunities for stimulating discussion.
Check-in at Schloss Ringberg on Sunday, October 30, will be possible from 16h00 onwards.
Travel to Munich Area and Ringberg
The Munich Franz-Josef Strauss Airport (MUC) lies approximately 30 km and 100 km north of Munich and Ringberg, respectively. Most major carriers offer service to Munich, with an ever increasing number of direct flights. Those participants arriving on Sunday, October 30, before mid-afternoon will be met at the airport by one of the LOC members and taken to the conference bus (see below).
Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) can be reached from anywhere within Europe. From the station, there are good public transporation connections to all of Munich, as well as to the area around Schloss Ringberg. You may also catch the conference bus at the airport on Sunday by taking the S-Bahn line "S8" from the central train station to the airport if you wish.
Schloss Ringberg is located about 70 km south-east of Munich. All major car rental companies have branches at the Munich Airport. There is ample parking space at the castle, and at the nearby hotels.
We will hire a bus to take participants from Munich Airport to Ringberg Castle on Sunday 30 October, leaving the airport in the mid-afternoon. The bus will return participants to the airport on Saturday 5 November, leaving Ringberg promptly after breakfast. People wishing to use the free conference bus service should indicate this on the web registration form. Please also provide your arrival/departure times and flight numbers even if incommensurate with the planned bus schedule, as this will help us checking the possibility of alternative pickups. Final bus departure times and locations will be given in the final announcement.
If not using the conference bus, detailed instructions how to get to Schloss Ringberg can be found on the castle's travel web page. Please note that check-in at Schloss Ringberg on Sunday is possible from 16h00 onwards.
Meals and Lodging
The LOC will cover the majority of the costs for lodging and meals of participants for the duration of the workshop. We will arrange that everyone stay either at Schloss Ringberg (which has rooms for 35-40 people) or at a nearby hotel. Lunch and dinner are provided for all participants at the castle. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for meals and lodging for accompanying guests. Please send us an email asking about rates in this case. Vegetarian meals and other special dietary requests are happily accommodated provided advance notice is given. Please indicate these requests when filling in the web registration form.
Due to the limited recreational facilities up at Ringberg Castle, those people traveling with accompanying persons and/or families are strongly recommended to stay in a hotel. For those staying in hotels daily transportation to the castle (about a 10 minute drive) will be provided by the LOC in the morning in time for the first session, and then again in the evening before dinner and back to the hotels after dinner and some socializing time.
Please indicate on the registration form whether you prefer to stay at the castle or at the hotel. We will try as much as possible to adhere to people's wishes for lodging, but it may not be possible for everyone to have their first choice. To those affected, we apologize, but we are sure that you will find both accommodations to be very pleasant.
If you have any question about logistics, please do not hesitate to drop us an e-mail at email@example.com.